ADT: Bayron eyes record equalling win

Fri 15 Aug 2014

ADT: Bayron eyes record equalling win

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Jakarta, August 15: Jay Bayron of the Philippines will aim to equal the record total of victories on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) when he headlines the inaugural Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament next week.
Bayron, the 2012 ADT Order of Merit winner, has three titles under his belt and will need one more victory to level the record held by current ADT number one Chan Shih-chang of Chinese Taipei.
However, the Filipino will face strong challenges from the talented field which includes 12 proven ADT winners such as Niall Turner of Ireland, James Bowen of the United States, Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand and Grant Jackson of England.
George Gandranata, an ADT regular, Rory Hie, Andik Mauludin and Ian Andrew will spearhead the local challenge in the event played at the BSD course by Damai Indah Golf from August 21 to 24.
Bayron will have the perfect opportunity to increase his winning tally on the ADT as Chan will not feature in the event after being rewarded with playing rights for the rest of the 2014 Asian Tour season courtesy of winning three ADT titles this year.
“My hard work really paid off when I won the 2012 Order of Merit. I had a great season and I was able to play on the Asian Tour in the following year. It was a good experience which I hope to use and guide me to victory in Indonesia,” said the 35-year-old Bayron.
“I will try my best to win in any tournament I play in. I hope I’ll have a good week and give myself a chance at winning the title,” added the Filipino.
The Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament will be the 13th stop on the 2014 ADT season and it will be the second ADT event staged in Indonesia, signalling the country’s efforts to boost and enhance the game of golf in the region.
Starting this season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
This is a significant boost for aspiring professionals on the ADT as it is the highest number of Asian Tour cards up for grabs since the burgeoning Tour was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010. Only the top three players on the final ADT Order of Merit for each season obtained their Asian Tour cards in the past.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
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About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.